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The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah seeks to hire a passionate and innovative full-time Immigrants’ Rights Policy Fellow to assist with policy and advocacy efforts in support of immigrant and refugee communities across Utah. This position will have a primary focus on conducting factual research, policy analysis, and advocacy work related to language access.

This one-year fellowship is designed for an individual early in their career who is interested in learning more about policy and advocacy at a local, state, and federal level. This position will report to the Senior Staff Attorney and work in close collaboration with our policy team, outreach team, and other staff members across the organization.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: 

The ACLU of Utah is an equal-opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer base with diverse personal and professional backgrounds and lived experience enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strongly encourage and greatly value applications from women, people of color, immigrants, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, those who have been formerly incarcerated, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

Position Overview and Functions

The Immigrants’ Rights Policy Fellow will be responsible for supporting existing immigrants’ rights policy efforts related to language access and the overlap of immigrants’ rights and the criminal legal system. to advance the civil rights and liberties of immigrants and refugees in Utah.

Specifically, the Immigrants’ Rights Policy Fellow will:

  • Engage in factual research regarding policies and practices affecting the rights of immigrants and refugees in Utah;
  • Create white papers reporting research findings and setting out policy recommendations to further advance the affiliate’s immigrants’ and refugees’ rights priorities at the municipal, county, and state level;
  • Create and present community education materials to educate and empower identified populations in need of immigrants’ and refugees’ rights information;
  • Provide relevant training to a variety of audiences;
  • Support national ACLU initiatives related to immigrants’ and refugees’ rights;
  • In coordination with Campaigns department, engage with and alongside various community and coalition partners conducting immigrants’ and refugees’ rights work;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Qualified candidates will have:

  • Demonstrated commitment to immigrants’ and refugees’ rights;
  • At least one year experience working with immigrant or refugee communities;
  • Research, writing, and time-management skills and attention to details;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate information both in writing and verbally;
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a fast-paced environment;
  • Experience working in a collaborative setting;
  • A commitment to diversity- a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability, involvement with the criminal justice system, and socio-economic circumstance;
  • Ability to accommodate occasional statewide travel and variable hours including some evenings and weekends.

Strong candidates will have:

  • Fluency in Spanish;
  • Experience in working alongside impacted community members;
  • Understanding of Utah-specific immigration laws and policies;
  • Familiarity with U.S. immigration system and the criminal legal system.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is between $44,000 and $48,000. Excellent benefits include paid time off, generous paid holidays, medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401(k) plan with employer matching contribution that vests after one year of employment, life and short-term and long-term disability insurance.

To Apply: 

Please submit a cover letter and resume. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Application review will begin in November and will continue until the position is filled. 

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Founded in 1958, the ACLU of Utah is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that utilizes legal, legislative, and public education approaches to fight for individual rights and fundamental freedoms. Our mission is to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution, including reproductive freedom, immigrant rights, free speech, racial justice, privacy, religious liberty, LGBTQ rights, and more. For more information, please visit www.acluutah.org.